Hans Christian Andersen is mostly known for his fairy tales. But he was also one of the greatest travelers of his time. He never had a permanent home. Large parts of his life, he lived for free in peoples houses and castles, making him a 19th century couchsurfer, long before anyone had thought about that this would one day be a common thing to do among travelers.
Hans Christian Andersen was a great traveler.
What many non Danes don’t know, is that Hans Christian Andersen was one of the greatest travelers of his time. He made 29 trips abroad in his life, which was a lot in the 19th century (He lived from 1805 to 1875). Many of the trips were to Southern Europe where he loved to be and he clearly also had a liking for the women there even if he never had any romances there (he most likely a life long virgin). He wrote some great travelogues about his trips to places like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey and several other countries and they are an excellent read.
Hans Christian Andersen never had a permanent home.
Hans Christian Andersen was a true boheme and never had a permanent place to live. He was simply too occupied with other things that interested him more than hanging pictures on the wall. He lived in hotels, furnished rooms that he would sublet for a few months and he also stayed a lot in peoples homes for free. He was from a poor background and never struck it really rich when he lived. But he was very liked and respected among the people who had money, so they would often invite him to live in their home for a while and he lived in many homes, not just in his native Denmark, but also around Europe.